Even Me

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1 Lord, I hear of showers of blessing,
Thou art scattering full and free!
Showers the thirsty land refreshing;
Let some portion fall on me,
Even me, even me!
Let some portion fall on me.

2 Pass me not, O gracious Father!
Sinful though my heart may be;
Thou might'st pass me, but the rather
Let Thy mercy light on me,
Even me, even me!
Let thy mercy light on me.

3 Pass me not, O tender Savior!
Let me love and cling to Thee;
I am longing for Thy favor,
Whilst Thou'rt calling, oh, call me,
Even me, even me!
Whilst Thou'rt calling, oh, call me.

4 Pass me not, O mighty Spirit!
Thou canst make the blind to see;
Witnesser of Jesus' merit,
Speak the word of power to me,
Even me, even me!
Speak the word of power to me.

5 Have I long in sin been sleeping?
Long been slighting, grieving Thee?
Has the world my heart been keeping?
Oh, forgive and rescue me,
Even me, even me!
Oh, forgive and rescue me.

6 Love of God, so pure and changeless;
Blood of God, so rich and free;
Grace of God, so strong and boundless,
Magnify it all in me,
Even me, even me!
Magnify it all in me.

7 Pass me not! this lost one bringing,
'Tis but one more, Lord, for Thee!
All my heart to Thee is springing;
Blessing others, oh, bless me,
Even me, even me!
Blessing others, oh, bless me.

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Elizabeth Codner

CODNER, Elizabeth (née Harris) was born in Dartmouth, Devon in 1823. Croydon, Surrey, 28 March 1919. She was interested in the mission field from an early age, and two of her early publications were entitled The Missionary Ship (1853) and The Missionary Farewell (1854) relating to the Patagonia Mission (later the South American Missionary Society). She married William Pennefather at the Mildmay Protestant Mission in London, and edited the mission’s monthly Woman’s Work in the Great Harvest Field. At age 17, she was editing a magazine for the Patagonia Mission, later the South American Missionary Society. She died in Croydon, Surrey on 28 March 1919. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >


Lord, I hear of showers of blessing. Elizabeth Codner. [Divine Blessing desired.] Although we have the manuscrpt of this hymn in Mrs. Codner's handwriting, sent to D. Sedgwick from Weston-super-Mare, June 18, 1866, wherein it is stated to have been "written in the summer of 1860 " [S. MSS.], we have no personal facts concerning Mrs. Codner and her work except that she published one or two small books, as The Missionary Ship; The Bible in the Kitchen, &c.; edited the periodical, Woman’s Work in the Great Harvest-Field; and was associated for some years with the Mildmay Protestant Mission ( London). "Lord, I hear of showers of blessing" was suggested by the news of the religious revival in Ireland, 1860-61. It is in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain “Even me” and is headed "Bless me, even me also, O my Father." The original text is in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 607. That in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, Pt. i., which is usually regarded as the original, is altered in several instances, and stanza v. is omitted. The hymn in full, or in part, is in extensive use, and is specially popular at Mission Services. In 1867 Mrs. Codner wrote a companion hymn of Praise, "Lord, to Thee my heart ascending," in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, for the Rev. E. P. Hammond's Hymns specially adapted for Seasons of Deep Religious Interest, &c, 1867.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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